passive vocabulary


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passive vocabulary

n
(Linguistics) all the words, collectively, that a person can understand. Compare active vocabulary

passive vocabulary

- Contains lexemes we know and understand but do no actively use (in writing or speech).
See also related terms for understood.
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The specialists speak about active and passive vocabulary in a foreign language.
The average person is supposed to have an active vocabulary of 3,000 words in regular use, with a passive vocabulary of 15,000 to 20,000.
An Investigation into the Active and Passive Vocabulary Knowledge of L2 Learners".

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